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As real-estate listings go, this one is out of this world. A property is on sale in Quebec for a cool $2.95-million, and it even comes with its own flying saucer.
UFOland, the playground and pied-à-terre of the white-robed prophet known as Rael, is on the market -- a onetime utopia that appears to have fallen to Earth.
The Raelians, who gained global notoriety in late 2002 after announcing the birth of a yet-to-be-seen cloned baby, say their popularity has peaked in Quebec. So they are packing up and moving south.
"We've been in Quebec for 30 years and our membership is saturated. Our future is in the United States," said group spokesman Jocelyn Chabot, who describes himself as a Raelian priest.
Now it's all available for the right price. The property, which is already posted on one Internet site, sprawls over 110 hectares in Quebec's Eastern Townships. It offers campgrounds, lakes, an amphitheatre, offices and -- for those with otherworldly tastes -- a condominium building in the shape of a spaceship.
The Raelian movement was started by a former race-car driver, Claude Vorilhon, who says an encounter with a UFO in France in 1973 led him to understand the true origins of humankind. The Raelians established their headquarters and UFOland theme park outside Valcourt, Que. It was put up for sale last year. The group's listing on LandAndFarm.com says the property covers 275 acres (110 hectares). The asking price is $2.95-million.